fall scene in the Berkshires

What to Pack for a New England Fall Getaway

New England comes alive in the fall: there's incredible hiking, cool outdoor festivals, great art galleries with new and exciting exhibits, and cozy restaurants and inns to check out. With so many activities to do, you've got to pack accordingly. We recommend a few staples: solid athletic attire for walks through the woods, transitional pieces for any sudden weather changes, and a few dressy looks for nights on the town or days at museums. Below, our New England packing list to get you ready.

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gold slip on sneakers, Vince Vero Loafers

Elevated walking shoes: Vince Vero Loafers

These loafers look elegant and dressy, but are comfortable, too. They're perfect for days spent exploring the city.

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striped long sleeve tee, Comme des Garçons Play Striped T-Shirt in Navy

Layering tops: Comme des Garçons Play Striped T-Shirt in Navy

Channel New England’s nautical vibes with this playful striped tee—it’s a great layering piece for underneath a cardigan or jacket.

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Levi’s Rain Jacket

Weatherproof gear: Levi’s Rain Jacket

Pack a trusty rain jacket in case of a sudden downpour. We love this one from Levi's, which comes in five different colors, including this lavender hue. 

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Ganni Julliard Sweater

Comfy knits: Ganni Julliard Sweater

Get cozy in a chunky sweater. Pair this one with jeans and booties for a casual outfit to sport around town.

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Nobody Denim Milla Jeans

Denim: Nobody Denim Milla Jeans

It's all about the wide-leg jean this season. This pair can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

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Alice + Olivia Katz Pleated Maxi Skirt

A dressier look: Alice + Olivia Katz Pleated Maxi Skirt

For more formal events on your itinerary, we love Alice + Olivia's pleated maxi skirt. Its geometric pattern and jacquard weave works perfectly with a solid black top. 

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Free People Talk to Me Top

Simple button-down: Free People Talk to Me Top

When it’s still warm out in early fall, a lightweight button-down like Free People's Talk to Me Top is a must-have.

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Anthropologie Ruana Plaid Wrap

Scarf: Anthropologie Ruana Plaid Wrap

This scarf-meets-shawl practically screams fall.  You can wear as a scarf for strolling around town or use it as a shawl for extra warmth. 

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Jacquemus Les Mules Sabah

Low heels: Jacquemus Les Mules Sabah

We love a little height on a shoe (but not too much!). The oversized chunky wooden heel on these mules means you won’t have to worry about tripping on cobblestones and twisting an ankle.

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La Blanca Petal Pusher One-Piece

Swimsuit: La Blanca Petal Pusher One-Piece

Okay, so swimming season on New England beaches might be over by the time you take your fall trip, but who’s to say you won’t want a dip in a hotel pool or hot tub? 

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Hiking boots: Steve Madden Boom Hiker Boot with Genuine Calf Hair

Boots: Steve Madden Boom Hiker Boot with Genuine Calf Hair

With all the beautiful trails in New England, nature-lovers should make sure to pack a solid pair of hiking boots.

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Illesteva Leonard Round-frame Acetate Sunglasses

Shades: Illesteva Leonard Round-frame Acetate Sunglasses

Just because it's fall, doesn't mean the sun don't shine. These tortoiseshell sunnies look good on practically everyone and go with everything.

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Canon Rebel SL2

Camera: Canon Rebel SL2

Yes, we know you've got your phone camera, but we recommend you step up your photo game for New England in the fall. Capture the gorgeous autumn colors and all your vacation memories with this Canon lightweight DSLR. The Canon Rebel delivers super sharp images, and it comes with built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology. 

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Blunt Classic Umbrella

Umbrella: Blunt Classic

If the rain pours, brighten up everyone’s mood with this cheery red umbrella.

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Leather Baggu in Black

Roomy bag: Leather Baggu in Black

Keep your essentials—camera, umbrella, sunglasses, scarf—together in this classic slouchy tote.

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